Friday, 13 April 2018

Bob Hughes "My Old Man” 1976 + "The Kids Are Ok!" 1978 UK Private Folk Rock


Bob Hughes  "My Old Man” 1976 + "The Kids Are Ok!" 1978 UK Private Folk Rock
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Bob Hughes recorded three albums at the Spaceward Studios in Cambridge between 1976 and 1978. Then, in the eighties, he released three others discs, this time, in a studio located in the Lake District, in North of England… before to come back in studio last year, to record Breakfast in Gaza with his last band, Coolbox. Today, I’ll present only two of them, his first record (My Old Man) and The Kids Are Ok!, that are very different. But both of them are truly fantastic and unfortunately, not well-known. Then, an exclusive and very interesting interview with Bob Hughes himself who accepted to play the game. Thanks so much Bob. 

So, My Old Man is the first release of Bob Hughes, a great musician and singer/songwriter. It was recorded in only one session of 12 hours (two sessions for the The Kids Are Ok!), with the help of the guitarist Ron Turner (aka The Boy) and Carmen Cinque (Chic) who added extra vocals. What is very impressing, regarding the quality of the LP, a lost folk classic album? There is not much to say except it’s beautiful, touching and poignant. 

The Kids Are Ok! is a step in a new world. Firstly, it’s the work of a band, The Bob Hughes Band which comprised of Bob Hughes (12 string guitar, 6 string guitar and vocals) and 5 talented musicians: John Kaliski (lead guitar, bass guitar, vocals), Alan Buxton (same as John), Gary Moore (drums), Adrian Nash (keyboards and vocals) and Ron Turner (lead guitar). Secondly, this album is much more folk rock than My Old Man, with plenty of electric guitar. Melodies are so catchy they will stay in your head for days, I tell ya! Highly recommended….~


Bob Hughes recorded a total of 3 albums at Spaceward: “My Old Man”, “The Kids Are OK” plus “In For A Penny” by Hooknorton (unreleased). Bob has recently returned the master tapes of these sessions to the Spaceward tape archive - any record labels interested in releasing this material please contact Bob or the webmaster….~


Bob Hughes “The Kids Are Ok!"1978

Credits 
12 String Guitar, 6 String Guitar, Vocals – Bob Hughes (8) 
Drums – Gary Moore (11) 
Keyboards, Vocals – Adrian Nash 
Lead Guitar – Ron Turner 
Lead Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocals – Alan Buxton, John Kaliski

Tracklist 
A1 When I Get There
A2 Jeannie
A3 Black Haired Girl
A4 The Kids Are O.K.
A5 Belinda Blue Eyes
A6 I Ain’t Got You
B1 Losing You
B2 French Wine
B3 Jacqueline
B4 Nichola’s A Place (I Know)
B5 In Love With You
B6 You Broke My Heart



Bob Hughes  "My Old Man” 1976

Credits 
Cover – Robbie Hughes 
Lead Guitar – Ron Turner 
Producer – Bob Hugues 
Vocals – Carmen Cinque 
Vocals, Guitar – Bob Hugues

Tracklist 
Satori
Perre Laval
Drifting Away
Send Away My Passport
Ask For God
High Clay Lands
Dear Friend
Why Don’t We Do It
High And Dry
That’s How Life Flows
My Old Man 

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